Microsoft to bring cloud computing and machine learning to self-driving cars

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  • Microsoft, the global tech giant that has its European HQ in Dublin and employs more than 1,200 people across the island of Ireland, and Baidu, one of China’s leading technology companies, are joining forces on a new project that will help automakers create safer, smarter self-driving cars. 

    Announcing the new partnership, Kevin Dallas, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft, said: "We're excited to partner with Baidu to take a giant step in helping automotive manufacturers and suppliers fully realize the promise of autonomous driving.”

    The new project will help apply Microsoft’s cloud computing solution, Microsoft Azure, to the needs of self-driving cars, in addition to harnessing machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies. Kevin Dallas explained: "Today's vehicles already have an impressive level of sophistication when it comes to their ability to capture data. By applying our global cloud AI, machine learning, and deep neural network capabilities to that data, we can accelerate the work already being done to make autonomous vehicles safer."

    According to market research by McKinsey up to 15 per cent of new cars sold by 2030 will be fully autonomous, while Intel forecasts that autonomous vehicles will create a new $7 trillion ‘passenger economy’ by 2050. 

    The new partnership between Microsoft and Baidu comes as a result of Project Apollo, a collaborative alliance between leading technology and automotive companies to create an open-source operating system for self-driving cars that any automaker will be able to use for free. 

    More than 50 partners have already joined the Apollo alliance, including TomTom, Microsoft, Bosch and Continental.

    "Our goal with Apollo is to provide an open and powerful platform to the automotive industry to further the goal of autonomous vehicles," explained Ya-Qin Zhang, president of Baidu. "By using Azure, our partners outside of China will have access to a trustworthy and secure public cloud, enabling them to focus on innovating instead of building their own cloud-based infrastructure."

    In addition to using cloud computing and machine learning to make self-driving cars safer and smarter, Baidu and Microsoft also plan to explore new connected vehicle solutions that have the potential to create unique customer experiences for the autonomous driving industry.

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